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Campaigners fight museum closure

Oliver Cromwell Credit: ITV News

Campaigners fighting to save the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon will hand a 3000 signature petition into Cambridgeshire County Council today.

The petition has enough signatures to trigger a debate on the closure. The museum is based in Cromwell's old school but is under threat of closure .

Bob Pugh, spokesperson for the Friends of the Cromwell Museum said:

"The enormous support from the people of Cambridgeshire, and further afield, will hopefully make the Council reconsider their proposals. People were queuing up to sign the petition in Huntingdon last weekend.

With this level of support we can continue our campaign confident that the public are behind us".

Council debate for Cromwell Museum

The Cromwell Museum petition has reached three thousand signatures Credit: ITV News Anglia

A petition set up by campaigners fighting to save a Huntingdon museum from closure has seen a boost, hitting their target of three thousand signatures.

The Friends of Cromwell Museum group is opposed to plans in Cambridgeshire County Council's draft budget to withdraw funding, which they fear will lead to inevitable closure.

Reaching three thousand signatures means the issue must now be debated at a full council meeting.

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Fight against museum cuts gathers mometum

People fighting to save a Cambridgeshire museum gathered in Huntingdon this weekend to rally local support.

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Collecting signatures in Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to cut the Cromwell Museum's £20,000 annual funding, a move that could force the museum to close.

A local campaign to stop the cuts going ahead has gained the backing of the local MP, Jonathan Djanogly. A group of history professors have also written to the Times citing the museum's importance to education and teaching.

The campaigners need to gather 3000 signatures by this Wednesday in order to force a council debate on the issue.

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